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November 06, 2003|By Meredith James

An `Alpaca Thing'

"It's an Alpaca Thing" spotlights the farm animal Sunday at Calico Moon Alpaca Farm. Come see alpacas, attend a question-and-answer session and shop for alpaca yarn. There will be activities for kids, food, music and craft demos. The farm offers fair-trade merchandise made from alpaca fibers by artisans, small producer groups and women in Peru and Bolivia.

Calico Moon Alpaca Farm is at 2121 Wilson Road in White Hall. The event is Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. and is free. For more information, call 410-343-0426 or visit www

German festival

Dig out a pair of lederhosen and head to Blob's Park and the German Heritage Festival Sunday. Doors open at 1 p.m., and visitors can enjoy recorded music, a German-language clinic, exhibits on genealogy, 18th-century Hessian soldiers, German-American history, European geography and more. Presentations take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.. There will also be children's activities from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and German food and drink will be for sale all day.

The festival, presented by the Association of German-American Societies of Greater Washington, D.C., takes place at 8024 Max Blob's Park Road, Blob's Park, Jessup. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the festival runs until 7 p.m. Tickets are $6, and children under 14 are free. For more information, call 202-554-2664.

Performance for kids

Get ready for "Miss Nelson Has a Field Day." When the kids' football team from Smedley Elementary is defeated, Miss Nelson decides that something needs to be done. Appearing as Miss Viola Swamp (every student's worst nightmare), she whips the team into shape while teaching them the value of teamwork, empathy and respect. The show, based on the picture book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, includes musical numbers and is playing at the Imagination Stage in Bethesda.

The show opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 11. There will be a sign-language-interpreted show Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. The show is recommended for children ages 4 and up. Tickets are $7.50-$10. The Imagination Stage is at 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. To order tickets, call 301-280-1660. For more information, visit www

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